Author Kirsten Imani Kasai talks about how to create a good story in the Horror genre. But don't be fooled...her advice about tapping into our fears and building balanced characters would work well in storytelling of nearly any fiction genre. Check it out...if you dare.
Beth Albright, author and actor, shares her secrets to developing realistic characters. She offers useful examples that you can apply to your own writing. If you want great characters, listen to Beth's advice.
Award-winning poet Mary Mackey says today is a great time to be a poet because the gate keepers are no longer a road block and anyone who wants to be a poet can publish their poetry. The Internet also means the audience for poetry is vastly expanded. Of course this doesn't mean quality can be compromised, you must still write the very best poetry you can create.
Author Meredith Maran describes how she got started as a published writer and who she's worked with, including niche publishers, small houses, and large publishers. If you are new to publishing the array of options may surprise you. It's a good thing - it means you have more than one path to pursue in getting your book to market.
Stop wasting time engaging customers on Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, and Pinterest. 2013 is your year to discover how to earn SALES from fans and followers. Authors, coaches and business experts CAN use social media to drive sales of books and information products by following a system. Renowned social selling expert (and self-published author), Jeff Molander, reveals the 3 success principles that are creating wealth for him, his readers/students and other successful self-published authors. You cannot afford to miss this chance to finally make social media sell your books and info products!
In-person marketing events such as book signings and seminars allow for an author to connect with their fans, but it's a limited audience. As author, Rozine Prock, explains, having a strong, consistent presence on social media allows authors to reach a much larger, broader audience, all over the world. She has personally found success in posting daily on Facebook and Twitter, and in using Pinterest to curate her inspirational vision boards, to expand her book audience.
Authors today cannot escape the need to leverage social media in building a following and marketing their books. Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or some other social media outlet, you’ll want to have a presence. Listen to how Facebook is being used by authors Joan Lloyd, Stephen J. Bauer, Chris Benson, Trisha Ventker, Elaine Cooper, and Patricia Colton.
Publicist Stephanie Barko offers guidelines on picking the social media tools that are driving interest among followers. She discusses Pinterest and LinkedIn and also recommends selecting the social tool appropriate for your content.
Allison Bright, Lead Web Designer at author-focused publicity firm Shelton Interactive, describes which social media platforms are great for authors because of the ease of incorporating your brand elements. She also explains why this is so important when connecting with your audience.
Sherry Beck Paprocki, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Branding Yourself, talks about the impact of social media on the way people think and how we consume information as a result. In this interview Sherry offers an example of how social media allowed the spread of medically sensitive information for a 19 year old patient. As authors we must think about how social media impacts our efforts to communicate. What will people say about you, share about their experiences with you and your books? How will they share it, how quickly can it spread?